Jeremiah 47

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Judgment on the Philistines

1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet 1concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down 2Gaza.
2 "Thus says the LORD: 3Behold, waters are rising 4out of the north, 5and shall become an overflowing torrent; they shall overflow 6the land and all that fills it, the city and those who dwell in it. Men shall cry out, and every inhabitant of the land shall wail.
3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions, 7at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels, the fathers 8look not back to their children, so feeble are their hands,
4 because of the day that is coming to destroy all 9the Philistines, to cut off from 10Tyre and Sidon every helper that remains. For the LORD is destroying the Philistines, 11the remnant of the coastland of 12Caphtor.
5 13Baldness has come upon Gaza; 14Ashkelon has perished. O remnant of their valley, 15how long will you gash yourselves?
6 16Ah, sword of the LORD! How long till you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard; rest and be still!
7 How can it[a] be quiet 17when the LORD has given it a charge? Against 18Ashkelon and against the seashore 19he has appointed it."

Jeremiah 47 Commentary

Chapter 47

The calamities of the Philistines.

- The Philistines had always been enemies to Israel; but the Chaldean army shall overflow their land like a deluge. Those whom God will spoil, must be spoiled. For when the Lord intends to destroy the wicked, he will cut off every helper. So deplorable are the desolations of war, that the blessings of peace are most desirable. But we must submit to His appointments who ordains all in perfect wisdom and justice.

Cross References 19

  • 1. Jeremiah 25:20; Ezekiel 25:15, 16; Zephaniah 2:5
  • 2. Amos 1:6, 7; Zephaniah 2:4
  • 3. [Jeremiah 46:7, 8; Isaiah 8:7]
  • 4. See Jeremiah 1:13
  • 5. [Jeremiah 46:7, 8; Isaiah 8:7]
  • 6. [Jeremiah 8:16]
  • 7. Nahum 3:2
  • 8. Jeremiah 46:5
  • 9. [See ver. 1 above]
  • 10. Isaiah 23:1, 2; Joel 3:4; See Jeremiah 25:22
  • 11. Amos 1:8
  • 12. Genesis 10:14; Amos 9:7
  • 13. [Jeremiah 48:37; Isaiah 3:24]
  • 14. Jeremiah 25:20; [Judges 1:18]
  • 15. [Jeremiah 48:37]
  • 16. Deuteronomy 32:41; See Ezekiel 21:3-5
  • 17. [Ezekiel 14:17]
  • 18. Jeremiah 25:20; [Judges 1:18]
  • 19. Micah 6:9

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew you

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains a prophecy of the destruction of the Philistines chiefly; and also of the Tyrians and Zidonians. The title of the prophecy, Jer 47:1; the instruments of this destruction, who are compared to overflowing waters; which would cause great lamentation in the inhabitants of the places where they should come, Jer 47:2; the noise of their horses and chariots would be so terrible, as to make parents flee and leave their own children, Jer 47:3; at the same time Tyre and Zidon would fall into the hands of the enemy, and have no helper, Jer 47:4; particular places in Palestine are mentioned, that should be destroyed, Jer 47:5; and all this owing to a commission the Lord gave to the sword, and which therefore would continue to ravage, Jer 47:6,7.

Jeremiah 47 Commentaries

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